The drive went quickly, even with eight people in the van. We arrived just before the doors opened. Perfect! As soon as the doors opened, we headed to the back to the Shuttle Launch Experience and were in the first group to go in for launch. Again, Jewel and Rose were too short to go on. Dad offered to stay with them. They were able to go to the viewing area and watch us "launch." I'm not one for big rides of any kind, so I wasn't sure about doing this, but it was very cool! Dad said that Jewel was quite concerned when we "took off" (lol). It was great and we decided that Dad really needed a chance to do it as well. So he, Dix and Amy went back into the queue while German and Jim took the girls to go on the shuttle they could explore. They liked it, but the thing that made the biggest impression was the turtle that they helped "save" by having daddy find someone to get it out of the fence it was trapped in. Apparently, according to the worker who saved him, the turtle gets stuck often.
Once everyone had been on the shuttle experience we joined the queue for the bus tour. All of the Space Center was cool to see, but it was really great to see Discovery on the launch pad since it was 7 days to launch.
Sunday was a great day to visit. The crowds were low, and since it wasn't a proper work day there was little traffic and the bus guides could take all the time they needed to tell their stories. In route to different parts of the Center we saw lots of crocodiles, a manatee and a HUGE eagle aerie.
Once back to the beginning we went to the IMAX show of landing on the moon.
Then we let the girls play in and explore the Rocket garden.
A little (?!) shopping later and it was time to go.
After Space Center, we drove to Cocoa Beach to get our feet in the sand. What a lovely beach! We saw the Disney cruise ship at dock as well. The girls, and everyone else, had a blast jumping in the waves.
They were absolutely soaked when we got back to the van. I just stripped their shorts and socks off and laid them in the back to dry. Their shirts were damp, but not too much, so we left them on.
Jim had to leave us Sunday night due to prior engagement at home on Memorial Day. So we drove straight from the beach back to the airport for him to get his plane. :-( Jewel just sobbed as he left.
The rest of us went to dinner at Boston Lobster (very, very good). The girls clothes were still wet. Grandad and Dix had bought them little knit dresses at Kennedy so we changed them into dry clothes before dinner. YAY!
Another awesome day.